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October 7th, 2011
11:17 AM ET

CNN EXCLUSIVE: Jonathon Prince is training to run a mile...on the moon

He's run more than 10,000 miles raising money and awareness for a variety of causes. Now, athlete and philanthropist Jonathan Prince has set his sights a bit outer space.

He's now training to become the first athlete to compete a mile run on...wait for it...the moon. And he's doing it to get kids excited about space.

CNN's Jason Carroll has the exclusive.

Filed under: Space
October 7th, 2011
07:32 AM ET

'When Parents Text' authors discuss the parent-child texting relationship

With 3G phones and Wifi capabilities expanding across the country, it seems parents can find their kids (young or old) anytime, anywhere.

In learning about this new mobile world, some parents have taken to texting and may not have necessarily learned the proper etiquette. Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli noticed this, and realized the new text-based relationship with one's parents could make for some pretty funny encounters.

Kaelin and Fraioli started the site, and turned the submissions they recieved turned into the book of the same name, which was released on September 1st.

Today on American Morning, Christine Romans talks to Lauren and Sophia about some of the funny texts they've received as submissions and how cellphones have changed the relationship between parent and child.

Filed under: Cell phones • In Depth • Mobile
October 7th, 2011
07:29 AM ET

Jobs that are in high demand, despite the struggling economy

The jobs report for September will be released at 8:30am this morning. Right now, 14 million Americans are out of work.

If you're one of those 14 million, you might be thinking "Where can I find a job? What industries are hiring?"

There are 3 million jobs open right now. Here's a look at seven jobs that are in high demand even in this stagnant economy.

Retail workers
Retailers are looking to hire about 500,000 temporary workers with the holidays coming up, according to the National Retail Federation. And the major chains often hire these temp workers full-time after the holidays.

Commercial truck drivers
If you can pass the commercial license test, you can drive a truck. Your license will depend on the class of vehicle you know how to drive.

Industrial engineer
Sounds hard – and it is. Electrical and manufacturing companies are fighting tooth-and-nail for people with these skills.
These are people who can look at the manufacturing process at a car factory, for example, and figure out ways to stream-line things or increase efficiency. Online job postings are up 28% in the past 4 months, according to

Software engineer
If you know how to write software, build a mobile app or code a website, chances are you're going to be able to find work. The U.S. Labor Department expects very strong growth in this sector in the next few years.

Registered nurse
With so many aging baby boomers getting older and needing medical care, the U.S. Labor Department expects the need for registered nurses to grow by about 22% in the next six years.

Professional cook
We're talking a top-chef type. Professional cooks are hot commodities at hotels and restaurants, often swept up by competition at the drop of a hat. So there are constant jobs opening in this sector.

Even though there are tons of people graduating from business school with degrees in accounting, these jobs are still hard to fill because they're often very specific for each state and industry. says online job postings for these jobs are up 12% in the past few months.

For more information on these industries and job openings go to

Filed under: Business • Economy • Jobs
October 7th, 2011
07:18 AM ET

'Occupy Wall Street' goes viral – protests happening nationwide

It's like you can feel that it's becoming something bigger. As we enter the fourth week of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement today, the movement has gone nationwide. The message is spreading like the hottest viral video, and people aren't laughing anymore.

CNN's Carol Costello reports on why the message of "Occupy Wall Street" is taking hold across the country.

Filed under: Occupy Wall Street
October 7th, 2011
07:11 AM ET

AM Minding Your Business Oct. 7, 2011

This morning on American Morning, Christine Romans reports on the morning business news headlines.

Today we're watching:

* Today, it's all about the big September jobs report. It's released at 8:30am. Economists expect it to show that we added 65,000 jobs. The unemployment rate is also expected to stay at 9.1%.
* Can the markets make it four straight days of gains? Right now U.S. stock futures are down after overseas markets turned lower and European leaders continue to try and solve that region's debt crisis.
* A dozen European banks are taking a hit this morning after the credit ratings agency Moody's cut their rating. Moody's believes the U.K. government may not support some of its banks if they need a bailout.
* Banks, investment firms and lobbyists are pouring over details of a leaked government proposal designed to limit the kinds of risky trading that played a part in the financial crisis.
* Mortgage rates have never been cheaper. The average 30-year fixed rate is down to 3.94%. That's the first time in history the rate's fallen below 4%.
* The NBA's credit rating could be cut if the season is canceled because of a labor dispute with players.

Tune in to American Morning at 6am Eastern every day for the latest in business news.

Filed under: Minding Your Business
October 7th, 2011
04:26 AM ET

Talk Back: Was ESPN right to part ways with Hank Williams Junior?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

Yesterday, ESPN announced that it has severed its relationship with singer Hank Williams Jr. after Williams compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler, a remark that prompted controversy and resulted in "Monday Night Football" pulling his popular musical introduction from this week's game.

On his website, Williams claims that it was his decision to leave the network, writing that ESPN "stepped on the toes of the First Amendment," so "me, my song, and all my rowdy friends are out of here."

Whoopi Goldberg defended Williams' freedom of speech on "The View," saying, "He's a musician. Musicians always do provocative things, and think of all the football players and all the musicians that have taken a misstep or done something. What kind of standards are we holding folks to when we say oh no, that's not a good thing to be so instead, we pull. Is that the right thing?"

Talk Back: Was ESPN right to part ways with Hank Williams Junior?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on this morning's broadcast.

Filed under: AM Talk Back
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